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Wasilla man charged with possession of stolen guns, stolen mail, and fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Feldis announced today that a Wasilla man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for possession of stolen firearms, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen mail, possession and use of access devices obtained from the stolen mail, fraud, and Aggravated Identity Theft.   

Timothy Wayne Taylor, a door to door meat salesman, age 36, of Wasilla, Alaska, was charged in a six-count indictment.

The indictment alleges that between Feb. 24, 2015, through March 11, 2015, Taylor was in possession of 24 stolen firearms and also charges Taylor with being a felon in possession of firearms.  From May 2014 until March 11, 2015, Taylor was in possession of approximately 1600 pieces of stolen mail addressed to approximately 800 individuals and businesses from the Wasilla, Palmer, Houston, and Chugiak, Alaska, areas.  Debit cards, credit cards, credit card checks, PIN numbers and other access devices were found in Taylor’s possession.  The indictment also alleges that Taylor fraudulently negotiated stolen credit card checks and stolen bank checks from the stolen mail at a local business, obtaining more than $6000.  As a result of those transactions, Taylor was also charged with Aggravated Identity Theft.  

Mr. Feldis commended the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Alaska State Troopers, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for the investigation of this case.

"Postal Inspectors worked closely with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Alaska State Troopers," said Seattle Division Inspector in Charge Anthony Galetti of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. "We take mail theft and subsequent use of stolen mail to commit identity theft very seriously and will continue to vigorously protect the U.S. Mail."

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated February 26, 2016